How Kim Dotcom became Hollywood's biggest villain

He's known as Kim Dotcom, and this former hacker-turned Internet entrepreneur lives in a lavish mansion on a vast estate outside Auckland, New Zealand. He leads a lifestyle that is part tech mogul, part Bond villain -- and he says, in many ways, his life was inspired by the movies. "Some characters had private islands and super tankers converted into yachts...underwater homes...I got inspired by that," he tells Bob Simon. But Kim thinks it is this outsized lifestyle that's also fueling the US government's prosecution of him for large-scale copyright infringement.

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Kim Dotcom sues New Zealand over electronic snooping

Kim Dotcom has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against a New Zealand spy agency.

Court documents discovered this week by Wired have revealed Dotcom's suit against the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) for the surveillance it conducted against him last year and a subsequent police raid that targeted his home.

In early 2012, policed raided Dotcom's New Zealand $30 million mansion and confiscated some of his possessions, including a Mercedes Benz and a pink Cadillac. But a New Zealand court later ruled that the warrants issued to carry out the search were invalid and that any possessions not considered … Read more

Hosting service deletes all MegaUpload users' data

MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom was ranting from his Twitter page on Wednesday about his site's former hosting service wiping out users' files.

Dotcom's legal battle with the U.S. government forced him to turn over the data from MegaUpload's severs, but copies were housed on the hosting site LeaseWeb, according to his angry tweets. He said the web-hosting company deleted millions of files, "petabytes of pictures, backups, personal & business property," without warning, earlier this year.

Read more about it at ZDNet: Kim Dotcom: Petabytes of MegaUpload users' data has been destroyed

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Kim Dotcom wins access to seized property from 2012 raid

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has won another one.

A New Zealand court on Friday ruled that the warrants used by law enforcement officials to raid Dotcom's home in 2012 were illegal. Therefore, the court said, police are required to provide copies of all relevant evidence in the prosecution of Dotcom for alleged piracy. Any material that is deemed by the court not to be relevant must be returned to Dotcom.

Until now, Dotcom's defense attorneys did not have access to the seized evidence. According to Reuters, which earlier reported on the story, the attorneys asserted that there were … Read more

Low Latency No. 49: Keep your distance

Low Latency is a weekly comic on CNET's Crave blog written by CNET editor and podcast host Jeff Bakalar and illustrated by Blake Stevenson. Be sure to check Crave every Thursday at 8 a.m. PT for new panels! Want more? Here's every Low Latency comic so far.… Read more

DotCom promises splashy launch for Mega

Kim DotCom, the New Zealand-based entrepreneur, is up to his old tricks again.

In a ploy to promote the launch of the Mega cloud storage service, DotCom has taken to Twitter to promise a "press conference like no other."

The press conference will take place at DotCom's mansion, so we should probably expect the extravagant entrepreneur to lay on quite the show. Reportedly worth $30 million, the property comes complete with a fleet of vintage cars, customized shotguns and even an inflatable tank or two.

The founder of MegaUpload also mentions on his Twitter feed that he … Read more

MPAA: No MegaUpload data access without safeguards

The Motion Picture Association of America told a federal judge in Virginia today that any decision to allow users of the embattled file locker to access their own files risks "compound[ing] the massive infringing conduct already at issue in this criminal litigation" unless proper safeguards are taken to prevent the further dissemination of illegally copied material. (See the MPAA's brief embedded below.)

MegaUpload's servers with approximately 25 petabytes of data are currently unplugged, offline, and in storage at Dulles, Va.-based Carpathia Hosting.

When an FBI raid took down MegaUpload's U.S.-based servers … Read more

MegaUpload founder teases new music service, Megabox

A new music service from MegaUpload founder Kim DotCom was given the video treatment today.

Kim DotCom posted a video on YouTube today showing off a new music service that he, and what appears to be a large development team, are working on. The two-minute video includes everything from a listing of artist songs to some details on functionality, including the ability for users to upload their music to the service.

Megabox was first revealed last year as a technology that promised to transform the music industry by allowing artists to sell their own music and earn 90 percent of the revenueRead more

New Zealand to probe spying into MegaUpload

New Zealand's prime minister has officially requested an inquiry into whether the Government Communications Security Bureau unlawfully intercepted communications as part of the case against file-sharing site MegaUpload.

Prime Minister John Key said today that the bureau acted unlawfully in assisting police to locate individuals by intercepting communications without authorization. Key said he was informed about the matter by the director of the bureau on September 17 and has referred the matter to Intelligence and Security Inspector-General Paul Neazor.

Key said he is disappointed by the bureau's actions. "I expect our intelligence agencies to operate always within … Read more

RapidShare: We'll help Hollywood, but 'not at all costs' (Q&A)

ASPEN, Colo. -- It hasn't been an especially felicitous year for the founder of file-sharing site MegaUpload: his domain name has been seized, his assets have been impounded, and Kim Dotcom faces potential extradition to the U.S. on criminal charges of copyright infringement.

That's a fate that RapidShare is determined to avoid. The Swiss company says it wants to be a legitimate hosting service that not only responds promptly to removal requests from copyright holders, but that goes far beyond what the law requires.

RapidShare's "responsible practices" policy may have pleased Hollywood when it … Read more